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Getting Treated with Fillers

Once you start injecting fillers, you’re guaranteed to get hooked! Fillers can make a person look so much younger and better. Best of all, it’s low downtime and the temporary nature of it makes it very safe. Supposing you don’t like the result of the filler, it’s easy to just wait it out till the effects subside and you morph back into your old self. If you’ve used a hyaluronic acid based filler, the reversal is even simpler. Just a simple injection of hyaluronidase, an enzyme which dissolves the filler, is enough to almost immediately remove the injected fillers.

Who can use fillers?

Almost anyone is suitable for filler injection. People who bruise easily, or are on supplements or blood thinning agents like Aspirin, should be aware of a slightly increased chance of developing small bruises after filler injections, although this is likely to be temporary and easily covered with cosmetic concealers. Safety of fillers in pregnancy is not proven, and should be avoided during the entire nine months of pregnancy. Safety of fillers in lactation is also not proven, and although theoretically safe, should be checked with your doctor.

Is it safe?

There are many types of fillers in the market. Probably the safest fillers are the natural ones. This means fillers based on hyaluronic acid, such as Restylane, Juvederm and Hyacorp. The short term nature of these fillers means that the risk of developing complications from these fillers is a lot less. In a way, shorter lasting is also good for safety. The other types of fillers such as Aqualift, Aquamid, Radiesse and Sculptra are also thought to be relatively safe, although removal of these fillers if complications occur is more difficult.

What are the common side effects?

The common side effects of fillers are migration and infection. Filler migration occurs if the filler is subjected to constant pressure. In this situation, the injected fillers may slowly shift from their originally injected position and move to an undesirable location. The other common side effect (happens in less than 1% of patients) is infection. This is especially so if the injection sites are not kept clean. Therefore, after the filler injection, it is very important to not touch the injection sites with dirty hands, avoid exercise and excessive perspiration, and avoid swimming for at least a couple of days. There are also many other rarer side effects, the most dangerous of which is arterial or venous blockage from accidental injection of filler into the blood vessels. However, these are extremely rare and Therefore it is very important to get an experienced doctor to perform the filler injections.

Choosing a doctor

Choosing a doctor is probably the biggest decision you need to make to ensure a great result. Find a doctor who has experience in handling fillers, and not just one who occasionally uses fillers. The technique for filler injection is quite demanding and good hands are necessary to create a nice result. Also, because filler injection is with the objective of sculpting the face or body to create an aesthetically pleasant result, finding a doctor with good aesthetic and artistic sense is very important. Ask to see some of the doctor’s results before you commit to the filler injection, so that the expectation is correct.

Cost of Fillers

Prices for fillers vary widely. The more expensive branded fillers like Juvederm and Restylane generally retail for $800 - $1200 per cc injected, and is based on volume used. Some doctors may charge per area, which is generally more economical. For example, nose fillers may cost about $700, while chin fillers may typically cost more, sometimes $900-1200 as greater volume of fillers are used. Cheek fillers are also more expensive, depending on the volume used, it may cost between $1000-$1500.

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